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1 a statement attributing something dishonest (especially a criminal offense); "he denied the imputation"
2 the attribution to a source or cause; "the imputation that my success was due to nepotism meant that I was not taken seriously"

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From imputatio



  1. The act of imputing or charging; attribution; ascription.
  2. That which has been imputed or charged.
  3. Charge or attribution of evil; censure; reproach; insinuation.
  4. A setting of something to the account of; the attribution of personal guilt or personal righteousness of another; as, the imputation of the sin of Adam, or the righteousness of Christ.
  5. Opinion; intimation; hint.


act of imputing
that which has been imputed


Extensive Definition

imputation in German: Imputation

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